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  • AloG
    *****

    Buy, Buy, BUY!

    Pros
    Very solid bike, I'm new to the mountain biking world but I have ridden bikes all my life. I was introduced to trail riding by a good friend of mine, and not knowing on how much I would like it I bought a previously owned bike for $130. I know a steal right! All it needed was tires so I went with the 2.4 instead of the 2.1 it comes with. I now find myself riding this bike every chance I get. I agree the forks could be upgraded, but its a great buy even at full price. I am 5'9" 250lbs and there is nothing this bike cannot handle with me on it, given I am not a pro, but yet I don't baby this thing. My first time out I borrowed a higher priced bike from my friend and I don't think I would trade my bike. I don't think I will buy a new bike, I will probably just upgrade since I am money ahead. If you are looking into this bike, just buy it and save yourself the money, the performance is there!

    Cons
    Front fork could be a little lighter ( if you are hitting 20ft gaps)

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  • zekerigg
    ****

    great entry level bike I got mine for 100$ and paid on the high end for what I got. and it does the job.

    Pros
    cheap
    has disk brakes
    has double wall rims, that can take a hit.
    solid bike for the money

    Cons
    not the most modern or best components the tektro IO disks are normally not set up correctly, the bike is heavy the wheels are 26".

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  • Likz2bikeOkc
    *****

    I changed out the bars with a lighter aluminum riser bar and the stem with a lighter aluminum one and can pop wheelies like a champ now.

    Pros
    Priced right for an entry level bike.
    Cool color
    Comfortable seat
    Nice ergo grips

    Cons
    Heavy bars and stem Cheap components.

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  • chadjtee
    ****

    This bike is a good quality bike, but would be a top notch premium bike if the forks were lighter. I recommend that you change the forks, especially if you're looking into getting airtime or going on long rides on a flat path. But new forks are worth it because this frame is bullet proof!!!ProsThis bike has a good strong frame that is worth building on, handles trails and rough terrain like a pro, climbs most hills effortlessly and the lowest gear will allow you to go up any hill, very stable and balanced. The large tires make terrain feel like nothing. Great bike.ConsGets hard to push on long flat rides, probably because of its heavy front shocks. While I love the shocks and how they work.... they're too heavy and make getting air and doing tricks tiring.

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  • j98me2
    ****

    Great beg goner bike at a great price.

    Pros
    Good sturdy bike for anyone getting into mountain biking.

    Cons
    Heavy and the fork does not have much travel.

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  • PhatPedals
    ****

    Worth buying and upgrading components as they wear or break. I purchased mine for $560 and have put many upgrades into it since and my HR rides just as good if not better than my friends more expensive hardtails. Very pleased after 1 year and 3k miles of road/singletrack use.

    Pros
    Value
    A1 Frame
    Disc brakes
    XC Trail worthy
    It's a Specialized

    Cons
    Steel seatpost/handlebars (heavy)
    Basic component group
    Stock Roval wheelset not very durable
    Non tapered steer tube

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  • tyty25
    ***

    I have the 2011 I bought used in near new condition and I rode a couple of harder trails with it. It stopped shifting soon after adjusted and the derailleur hanger bent after my first fall. The front derailleur stopped working also, it just seized even after attempting to adjust it. The frame is good it just needs upgraded components and then it would be a good bike.

    Pros
    Fairly light, cheap, okay components

    Cons
    Didn't last to long for me, needed upgraded from stock, bottoms out on logs.

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  • Adam Van Winkle
    ***

    Entry level riders to intermediate riders on a budget. Upgrade the fork and pedals.

    Pros
    Durable (had a bike rack failure on the freeway and it taco'd the wheels. I beat them back into shape as best i could and have put somewhere around 50 miles on it like that. Friggin thing is tough as nails. Newb friendly. price (bought mine used for 250$ and it was worth every penny)
    Climbs like a mountain goat

    Cons
    fork is not awesome, but such is the case with most bikes at this price point.
    Drive train is pretty worn, I hade to replace the rear cassette and chain due to chain skipping during climbs.

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  • sevenhelmet
    ****

    OVERALL:
    This is a good entry level bike with a solid frame you can upgrade as desired. I would recommend it for a beginner with a budget, but as with any entry-level equipment, you may be bitten by the "upgrade bug".

    DETAIL:
    This is a great entry-level bike for me. The frame is sturdy and fits me well, and the drive train functions great- I've only had one minor hiccup (chain suck) and it was during rapid shifting with a LOT of tension on the chain during a steep climb, so I'm not convinced it was the bike's fault. All other shifting has been effortless with only minor adjustments once every few rides as I break in the bike. Gear range is definitely very good on this bike. The Tektro hyd discs have plenty of stopping power and I haven't noticed any fade, even with heavy sustained braking on downhills. The FastTrak tires that come with the bike work well on dry dirt, sand, and rocks (i.e. desert trails)- I haven't tried them in wet conditions yet. I recommend 30-35 psi for the tires, it made a world of difference in traction over the shop setting of 48 psi.

    CONS:
    I expected to get new pedals right away (replaced with Shimano Saint MX80 flats), so that is no big deal, I think Specialized expects people to swap the pedals out. However, with a few weeks of riding, I have discovered the front fork is holding me back significantly. The Suntour XCT fork is heavy and bouncy. Washboard and rocks will make it bounce, leading to control issues, especially during level to mild climbs (steep climbs slow me down enough that it's not really a problem). Downhill, I fear front wheel hop, which makes me ride the brakes and go slow a little more than I'd like (keep in mind I'm a beginner though). Adjusting preload just changes how often the fork rebounds off the top stop, with less preload generally being better).

    I'm changing the front fork out for a Rock Shox XC32TK solo air fork, which will hopefully bring the fork up to the level of the rest of the bike. This is a bike I hope to ride for many years and upgrade parts as they wear out. Except for that fork... it's gotta go now.

    Pros

    -Frame is worth it!
    -Good Drivetrain
    -Good Brakes
    -Price vs. Features
    -Upgradable

    Cons

    -Stock Pedals (as expected)
    -Front Fork!

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  • FoafInTexas
    ****

    This bike has been a good value. I have put about 3500 miles on it in mixed dirt and paved trails. Pedals needed replacing. Replaced the cassette after 1500 mi, but probably road in one gear too much! Rear wheel replaced at 2500 mi, but only because spokes were breaking. Rims were fine. Derailleurs and brakes need adjustment every couple months, you should learn to do it yourself. Brake pads replaced after 3200 mi.

    Pros
    Has held up well. 29er wheels allow riding over pretty big objects.

    Cons
    Cheap plastic pedals that broke in 300 miles or less.

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  • Seifert
    *****

    I am a heavy person 330 lbs when I started riding this bike 6 month ago, now I am at 300 lbs. Never had a problem with this bike as I had to a previous bike, braking spokes, tweaked rims, etc..
    I do put a pounding on this bike.
    great bike for heavy rider

    Pros
    Very sturdy Bike
    Inexpensive, excellent bike for entry level.

    Cons
    Plastic pedals

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  • aslin2001
    ****

    Anyone looking for a hard tail that is affordable would enjoy the bike!

    Pros
    -Sturdy build
    -SRAM x7
    -Sun rims sl1 is ok
    -pedals have decent grip

    Cons
    -marazochi mz3 fork is BAD
    -front heavy

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  • PhatPedals
    ****

    I would definitely recommend this bike for everyone from a beginner to advanced rider. I was looking for a bike that can stand up to frequent trail riding and being a bigger guy @ 5'9" & 240lbs. the Specialized HR Sport 29er does just that.

    Pros
    Sturdy, lightweight and maneuverable this bike carves through the trails and powers up the hills. Great looking, well built bike that is reasonably priced.

    Cons
    No cons yet.

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  • Fountainbikes
    ***

    Turned my into a single speed and it was a blast.

    Pros
    Fun entry level bike. Decent components for price point.

    Cons
    Fork bottoms out easily.

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  • dirt shredder
    ****

    Definitely an awesome bike for the price and can be built into a real dirt shredder with some upgradesProsOverall a good solid bikeConsPedals are so cheap! Broke both in 3 weeks. Shocks could be upgraded. Not really good for anything but potholes

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  • Eric Poehlein
    *****

    I am a novice rider with road bike experience. This is my first bike for single track and I love it. Suits my needs, gets me into the weeds and out. As a bigger guy I lover the 29er.

    Pros
    Tough, rugged, simple, tough

    Cons
    None yet.

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  • Seth Teegarden
    ****

    I would recommend it to anyone getting into MTBing, it is very well made and you can't get a better entry level bike for the price!

    Pros
    great price, great for entry level riding and just getting used to the trails.

    Cons
    29" wheels took some getting used to on sharp turns, but that was a given with the purchase.
    not a lot of travel on the fork.

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  • law5249
    ****

    Pros
    Disc brakes are great. This is my first 29 bike, and I love the difference

    Cons
    As mentioned in the other review, the chain seems to skip pretty easily

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  • 14hardrock
    ***

    This is my first mtn bike. So far its been a blast. hoping to hit up a few more single tracks this summer. Living up to my needs ill give it 5 stars as soon as i can get the chain slip to go away. Fun smooth ride.

    Pros
    Lighter than a steel frame. Disc breaks are great for stopping in all weather.

    Cons
    Chain skips randomly. Stock tires don't grip the best.

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  • zephxiii
    ****

    I put 1300 miles on mine and it held up well. The frame is very strong, but heavy. The headset ended up needing replacement though after 900ish miles (dimpled). Other than that the bike held up really well. I ended up getting the wrong frame size so I had to sell it.

    Pros
    Strong frame
    Low BB (handling)
    Fun geo
    Quality build
    Great looking frame.
    Rides nice

    Cons
    Heavy frame
    Heavy build
    Low BB (pedal strikes and obstacle clearance)
    Headset needed replacing after 900 miles.
    The wheels are heavy and not very good.
    80mm travel fork.
    Handlebars weigh a ton

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